Manchester United gave recalled referee Howard Webb to their starting twelve for the crucial Premier League title clash against major rivals Liverpool.
The club have made the change for the clash on 13th January, after referee Mike Atkinson failed to award the league leaders a penalty for something or other in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at West Ham.
“We’re delighted to welcome back Howard,” revealed Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I think being dropped for the derby last season hurt, and he’ll be itching to show his desire to regain his number one status with the fans.”
“It wouldn’t surprise me to see him award us a controversial penalty in the 15th minute of stoppage time, I know that’s something he has been working on in training.”
“In the really big games you need a referee that can keep a cool head and reduce the opposing team to 10 men for the most innocuous of challenges, and there’s no-one better at that than Webby.”
Webb set for Man Utd recall
The league leaders’ talismanic referee has revealed he will be ready to perform whenever he’s called upon.
Webb told reporters, “Obviously I’m delighted the gaffer has shown faith in my ability, but I’ll keep my head down and try my hardest and hopefully I’ll be able to pay him and the fans back in spades.”
“One thing I can promise Man United fans is that I’ll give 100%.”
“That and a penalty in the 95th minute.”